Lighting Types in Interior Design

In the world of Interior Design, there is much to think about. Colour, furniture, choice of fittings and more all go into ensuring that the finished product is above and beyond. Thus, we should also speak about how lighting plays in a big role with choosing lighting types in interior design and how so many people get it wrong. Let’s read on how you can get the best look for your home or office with RM Perera with this blog post on choosing lighting types in interior design.


First and foremost, there are three types of lighting that matter and how you go about choosing which of these lighting types in interior design goes where and why is just the tip of the iceberg of home and office design. How you go about using the three lighting types in interior design; ambient, accent, and task lighting is an integral part of the finishing touches.

Ambient lighting includes  the general lighting that offers a soft glow to cover the space you are in for functionality sake to almost mimic natural light. It does not possess a harsh glare which can obstruct someone’s eyesight and is often even referred to as “mood” lighting as it sets the mood without pushing its own agenda across. Often the likes of recessed or track lights can be used, or even chandeliers or pendant lighting that offers coverage of lighting, or even wall scones or wall lights. These will all do the job, but often, you may need a few paired together to get the lighting coverage you need with one of the popular lighting types in interior design.  In Sri Lanka, you often see wall lights paired with pendant lighting in the likes of living rooms to create that “ambience”.

The next type of lighting in interior design would be “task lighting”, puts more focus on your specific needs or the specific requirements/purposes of a room. For instance, you will use this type of lighting at desks, or at a bedside, a reading nook or so forth. Task lighting will help you concentrate or stimulate your senses. Desk lamps, swing lamps, floor lamps are great examples of task lighting in interior design, along with under cabinet or vanity lights and even pendant and track lights (they are not exclusive to ambient lighting).

The last of the lighting types of interior design is “accent” lighting which further concentrates lighting onto specific focal elements of a room, such as a painting or a focal feature of a room that  you want highlighted to add drama.  Using wall lights, recessed or spot lighting, or even landscape lighting (for indoor and outdoor garden features), you can do so much to create wonder with the different lighting types in interior design. Speak to the RM Perera Interior Designers and have our team plan how the lighting in your home or office should be laid out.